The Philosophy Of The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Essay

887 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
We all have experiences—both positive and negative—that challenge our faith and cause us to question what we have believed about God and the ways in which he works. Therefore, the goal should not be to ignore our experiences; but rather, allow those experiences to grow us and strengthen our faith. However, the ultimate question becomes, how much weight do we give to our experiences over Scripture, church tradition or even logic? Fortunately, there is an amazing tool available to assist us in navigating our faith called the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. The purpose of the quadrilateral is to keep Scripture in supreme authority while giving tradition, reason and experience authority to influence theology.12 As Donald Thorsen points out, “The quadrilateral sees not just dependence but interdependence among Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience.”13 This means that your experience is very important and yet when your experience is standing alone, your faith will be weakened. So let us talk about how the four legs support one another. First of all, Scripture is the ultimate authority to teach us about Jesus because God’s Spirit was so intimately involved in the process. In fact, every author wrote only what God wanted him to write; specifically, who he is, what he has done, what he will do and how all of humanity can have a relationship with God. Indeed, the context of the original setting in which the bible was written has changed, but the words of Scripture remain as true…

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